The third chakra
The third of the body's chakras is that of the solar plexus, located in the very core of the body, between the sternum and the navel. Here, the energy vortex, which resides within, creates powerful energies associated with ego, self-worth and confidence. In today's difficult modern age, we often find ourselves crushed by feelings of self-doubt or end up lagging behind others due to low confidence.
We need a constant resource of willpower to succeed in our goals and aspirations, we need to master ourselves, and not fall to wanting mastery over others. The Sanskrit word for this chakra is "Manipura", which means "shining gem", referring to the precious, glittering energy that gives us the power to rise to the occasion and achieve our goals, or stand out from the crowd when we need to shine.
The golden yellow color of this chakra's energy is like a guiding light, allowing us to walk our true path and recognize the direction we need to follow in this life.
As you might imagine, this is something that modern work and life make quite difficult, and as such, constant cleansing and nurturing of the solar plexus chakra is necessary in order to find good health and happiness and to avoid feelings of self-doubt and the stresses and illnesses that can arise, should this chakra not be open.
When this chakra is blocked or depleted of energy, life can quickly seem like a series of disappointments. Frustration is quick to arise and expectations are lowered. We have all experienced the sensation of giving up on our dreams or feeling as though the world is against us.
Such feelings come about as a result of this all-important chakra failing to invigorate our bodies with positive energy. In some people, this lack of energy results in a victim complex. and embitterment is soon to follow.
In others, overcompensation takes place, and arrogance and false bravado arise - things that can have a highly negative effect on relationships at home and at work. Furthermore, such feelings are only a mask, disguising a sense of failure or desperation.
Because this chakra is located in the center of the body, blockages of the solar plexus energies manifest in a wide range of worrying physical ailments. Stomach cramps, gas, nausea, even diabetes or liver disease are all associated with poor third chakra health.
Cleansing the solar plexus chakra
To heal and nurture the third chakra is, for many people, quite a difficult task. It involves challenging yourself, seeking out new experiences, which take you out of your comfort zone. If you feel you need help with this chakra, sign up for a new class and praise yourself in your progress.
Maybe embark on a new hobby, and find confidence and happiness in the things you make or create. Simple things, like looking people in the eye, walking tall and appreciating your appearance can make a real difference, as can meditation and especially mindful meditation, when we speak positive affirmations to ourselves.
Spend a little time each day practicing deep-breathing exercises, and when you exhale and empty your lungs, repeat positive mantras - tell yourself that you are strong, powerful, confident and happy.
Make sure that you understand on a fundamental level that you have a path to walk, and even though it may take time to discover it, it is the only thing you should be aiming toward. Such exercises will create in you an assertive, confident character, powered by the golden light of the Manipura.